Matthew Hay Brown of The Baltimore-Sun is reporting that former Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, was among a group of visitors from the U.S. robbed at gunpoint in Pretoria over the weekend. Bealefeld was serving as a chaperone on a trip with a group of students from Stevenson University when the robbery occurred. The group of 30 students and five chaperones were on a bus traveling in Pretoria, when the bus was surrounded by men on motorcycles. The men boarded the bus, threatened the group and demanded money. Brown writes:
“No one was injured in the incident, which occurred about 1 p.m. local time in the South African capital, spokeswoman Glenda LeGendre said. College officials said Monday that the students and chaperones will be returning home by the end of the week. The university made the decision to cut the five-week tour short to ensure their well-being.’The students are for the most part reluctant to come back,’ LeGendre said Monday. ‘But we don’t know how they’ll be reacting to this later.'”
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